Statoil is developing a real-time integrated environmental monitoring system to determine and reduce environmental risks from oil and gas operations through a consortium of technology providers. The 150 MNOK (approx $25 million) three-year project will include sensor and communications technology from Kongsberg, information integration and business analytics technology from IBM, and marine environmental analytics and risk management practices from DNV.
The aim is to achieve close monitoring of offshore operations in sensitive areas for all phases of operation, including preparation, drilling, production and demobilization. The integration of environmental monitoring into daily operations should provide early detection and reaction to potential environmental impacts.
There’s a growing demand for early detection and response solutions, given the high financial risks of spills. IBM touts its increasing expertise and focus on Health, Safety and Environment, and points to its increasing importance across industries.